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Dollars and Sense: Strong auto sales signal consumer confidence

By Warren Cole Smith
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Money | A mixed bag. The news was pretty mixed last week. On Monday, a key measure of manufacturing activity indicated the economy is slowing down. The closely…

Dollars and Sense: Buckle up for the stock market roller coaster

By Warren Cole Smith
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Money | Interesting times. I once heard that the Chinese have a saying: “May you live in interesting times.” Economically speaking, the world has been living in…

Dollars and Sense: Will the markets have a happy new year?

By Warren Cole Smith
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Money | Year-end numbers. The markets sank a bit on the last days of 2014 as portfolio managers did a bit of selling as window dressing, locking in gains for the…

Dollars and Sense: Christmas isn’t over on Wall Street

By Warren Cole Smith
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Money | Christmas rally continues. Santa Claus was good to the markets this year. Friday was the seventh straight day of gains for the Dow, which closed above 18,000…

Dollars and Sense: Here comes the Santa Claus rally

By Warren Cole Smith
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Money | Remarkable markets. Last week was a remarkable week on Wall Street. To see just how remarkable, let’s go back a couple of weeks to Dec. 5, when the Dow set…

Dollars and Sense: Gas prices and Santa bring holiday cheer to Wall Street

By Warren Cole Smith
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Money | Santa Claus rally? December is historically a good month for the stock market. During the past 50 years, the Dow has climbed in December an average of 1.6…

Dollars and Sense: Holiday buying season is now fully underway

By Warren Cole Smith
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Money | Black Friday fizzles. We’re now officially into the holiday shopping season. Even though the video of people trampling each other to get into stores is a…

Dollars and Sense: Wall Street looks to finish the year strong

By Warren Cole Smith
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Money | Steady as she goes. The Dow and the S&P 500 indexes set more records last week, but mostly they were pretty steady, with not a lot of ups and downs.

Dollars and Sense: Is the stock market over valued?

By Warren Cole Smith
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Money | Are things really that good? It was another upbeat week in the stock market. Are things really that good, or are we whistling past the graveyard, in a state…

Dollars and Sense: Dropping gas prices pump up the economy

By Warren Cole Smith
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Money | Markets love divided government. Before we get into the purely economic news, it’s worth pausing to talk about the impact last week’s elections are likely…

Dollars and Sense: The market bulls continue their stampede

By Warren Cole Smith
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Money | Record highs. The stock market bulls continue to stampede. All three of the major indexes rose this week. The Dow even set a new record high on Friday. A…

Dollars and Sense: The markets bounce back

By Warren Cole Smith
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Money | The bull keeps charging. This is the bull market that won’t quit. The markets have set record after record for the past two years, even though—at least…

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